* I’m re-contesting because Nigerians appreciate my efforts, Buhari says (Punch) * 2019: Saraki wants more women to hold political offices (PremiumTimes)

* I’m re-contesting because Nigerians appreciate my efforts, Buhari says (Punch)      * 2019: Saraki wants more women to hold political offices (PremiumTimes)



I’m re-contesting because Nigerians appreciate my efforts, Buhari says (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he decided to seek re-election in 2019 because majority of Nigerians were appreciative of his efforts to reposition the country. He said he decided to declare his intention on Monday during the National Executive Committee meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress because of the anxiety among Nigerians on whether he would run or not. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in London. Read more

2019: Saraki wants more women to hold political offices (PremiumTimes)

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday pledged to work to ensure that more women are given the opportunity to vie for offices at the 2019 general elections. Mr Saraki made this promise when the Conference of Nigeria Female Parliamentarians paid him a courtesy visit at the National Assembly on Wednesday. Details of the visit were contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu. Mr Saraki said there was nothing to fear about having more women occupy political offices, saying such a development will strengthen the nation’s democracy. Read more

What I discussed with Buhari — Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (PremiumTimes)

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, on Wednesday afternoon made the update below on his Facebook Page Wednesday providing highlights of his discussions with President Muhammadu Buhari when both men met in London earlier today. The Nigerian Presidency had earlier circulated a statement detailing what it said both men discussed. The update by Mr. Welby was accompanied by a photograph showing him presenting a copy of his book, “Reimagining Britain: Foundations for Hope”, to Mr. Buhari. Read more

Don’t accept Morocco as member, Falana warns ECOWAS (Punch)

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has warned the Economic Community of West African States against admitting Morocco as a member. According to him, admitting Morocco would be counter-productive to ECOWAS’ main objective of promoting the economic development of member states and raising citizens’ standard of living in the West African sub-region. Falana argued that Morocco’s main agendum for wanting to join ECOWAS was so that it could help member states of the European Union to flood the West African sub-region market with manufactured goods from Europe, thereby destroying the young industries in West Africa. Read more

Fayose, most wasteful governor in Ekiti history, says APC governor aspirant (Nation)

One of the governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress APC in Ekiti state, Victor Olumuyiwa Kolade has said that successive administrations in the state has been monumental failures describing the incumbent Ayo Fayose as the most wasteful governor in the history of the state with his attempt at building “a bridge that leads to nowhere”. Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday after obtaining his nomination and expression of interest from at the APC national secretariat, Kolade said it was regrettable that the people of Ekiti are still very hungry despite Fayose’s policy of ‘stomach infrastructure’. He said: “Ekiti state was created in October 1996, but one thing that is certain is that there is no tangible development. You cannot see an improvement. Anybody who visited the state when it was created and now, would agree with me that there is no substantial development. Read more

FG approves N47bn for Aba-PH, Ota, roads repair (Vanguard)

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), Wednesday, approved contracts of N47 billion for road projects in the country, including redesign and reconstruction of the Aba/Port-Harcourt section of the Enugu/Port-Harcourt Expressway. FEC also approved the dredging of Port Harcourt Seaport and provision of navigational aids for Escravos at the sum of N13 billion. Briefing State House correspondents after the weekly FEC presided over by the Vice President at Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said that the contract for the Aba-Port Harcourt section amwad N6.3 billion. Read more

FEC approves N13b for Warri-Escravos seaport (Nation)

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has approved the dredging of the Warri- Escravos seaport for N13 billion. The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, said after the meeting that the approval followed the presentation of the proposal early in the meeting by the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Hajia Hadiza Bala Usman. “We got an approval for the dredging of the Escravos-Warri Seaport and the replacement of the bad navigational aids. “The total cost of the project was N13 billion.’’ Read more

Aisha Buhari urges private health institutions to reduce charges (Vanguard)

Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has appealed to private medical institutions in Nigeria to reduce the high cost of their services in the country. Mrs. Buhari made the appeal when the officials of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria visited her Wednesday in her office at the State House, Abuja. She observed that many Nigerians who do not have access to public health services resort to private hospitals which are very expensive and this has implications on not just the patients but the nation’s health indices. Read more

Ekweremadu fighting impunity, sinister agenda, not fictitious property – aide (Vanguard)

The Special Adviser on Media to the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Mr. Uche Anichukwu, Wednesday explained that the legal contention between the Senator and the Special Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property, was not primarily about ownership of properties, but most were fictitious. According to him, Senator Ekweremadu was challenging impunity, smear campaign, and an unfolding sinister agenda informed by the politics of 2019 elections, adding that was against natural justice for lawyers of the All Progressives Congress, APC, extraction to constitute themselves into a panel to try members of the opposition, relying on Decree 3 of 1984, now known as the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) Act, 2004. Read more

Lagos assembly moves to amend state pension law (Punch)

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Wednesday said it had the intention of adding value to pension administration in the state. The Speaker, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, disclosed this at a Public Hearing on a Bill for a Law to Amend the Lagos State Pension Reform Law 2007 in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the proposed amendments affect are targeted at 22 sections of the 77-section law. The speaker, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, said that the assembly was determined to make the state pension scheme better. “We will ensure that enough funds are included in the budget to ensure that we have enough funds to cater for pensioners,’’ Obasa said. Read more

Groups move to check Maternal, Child Mortality in Nigeria (NTA)

An NGO, White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria, in collaboration with the Wellbeing Foundation and other civil society groups, has inaugurated the “What Women Want’’ campaign in Nigeria to combat maternal and child mortality. “What Women Want’’ campaign, inaugurated at Dutse Alhaji, Primary Health Centre, Abuja on Wednesday, is a global advocacy to improve quality maternal and reproductive healthcare for women and girls and to sustain health systems. Mrs Toyin Saraki, the President, Wellbeing Foundation, while inaugurating the campaign, said it was high time serious attention was paid to maternal and child mortality in Nigeria. Read more

Libya returnees stipends: Oba of Benin redeems pledge (SUN)

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has redeemed his N20,000 pledge to 78  Libya returnees in the southern Nigerian state. The payments of the first monthly allowance of N20, 000 each to all the 78 returnees, which will last for a period of three months, were made at the Oba Ewuare II Foundation Secretariat in Benin City. Presenting the cash to the returnees on behalf of His Royal Majesty, Secretary of the Foundation, Esosa Eremwanarue, said the money given to the returnees was in fulfilment of the Oba of Benin’s promised gesture the last time they visited him at the palace. Read more

Tricycle operators hold peaceful protest against extortion in Aba (Nation)

Commercial tricycle operators numbering over 200, operating along Obohia, Cemetery and Ngwa roads respectively in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State on Wednesday protested against extortion by government revenue collecting agents and security agencies in the business oriented city. The peaceful demonstration which saw the tricycle operators move round the city, especially in Aba South Local Government Area of the State attracted passersby and residents including their counterparts plying other routes in the state who told The Nation that their colleagues were fighting a just cause as they equally experience the same fate along various routes they ply. Read more

Police uncover Illegal Malt, Alcohol Distillery in Lagos, Arrest 5 (ThisDay)

The Lagos State Police Command wednesday uncovered an illegal distillery where fake malt drinks, alcoholic stout drinks and ethanol are produced in large quantities at Igba Afa, Igbogbo Bayeku area of Ikorodu. At the illegal factory were barrels of malt, ethanol and stout produced in unhygienic conditions and bottled as the real deal to be sold to unsuspecting consumers. Although five suspects have been arrested, the police said they are on the look out for other members of the syndicate. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, who stormed the factory with armed personnel, attributed the success of the raid to effective community policing. Read more

10 killed in Benue communities, police recover 4 bodies, beef up security (SUN)

Ten Persons have been reportedly killed and many others injured after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked Gbeji community and Channel 1, Tswaregh Council Ward of Ukum and Logo Local Government Areas of Benue State on Tuesday. Daily Sun gathered that seven persons, including Mtserkyaa lgbugh, Kananfa Amarfu, Tyavyar Akau, Orfega Hiikyaa, Kanyitor Uor and a 75-year-old whose identity is yet to be ascertained, were killed in Gbeji, while three others whose names were given as Tor Imbor, Aondowua Mnyor and Msugh Ajura were killed in Channel 1, Tswaregh. The herdsmen who reportedly invaded the two communities between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. launched the attack almost simultaneously on the two local government areas, burning houses in the process. Read more

Police officers sacked for claiming rats ate 360kg of seized marijuana (Punch)

Four police officers have been sacked for claiming that 360kg of marijuana which disappeared from a Police warehouse was eaten by rats. The disappearance of the drugs was discovered during an inspection of a Police warehouse for impounded drugs in the town of Pilar, 60km outside the capital city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The cannabis had been in storage for two years, before it was discovered to be less than the number of kilograms initially registered there. Of the 6,000kg that had been registered, only 5,460kg of marijuana were found. The city’s former Police commissioner, Javier Specia, was the first suspect because he had left the inventory for the impounded marijuana unsigned when he left his post in April 2017. Read more

Fire wreaks havoc in Amuwo Odofin (SUN)

An early morning fire has consumed a three-storey building located at the Monkey Village area of Amuwo Odofin, Lagos State. No life was lost in the inferno which witnesses say started from a warehouse at the building fully stocked with chemicals. Daily Sun learnt that some residents of the area noticed smoke emitting from the warehouse which was locked in the early hours of Wednesday, but nobody thought it was something serious until the fire started. Read more

Ronaldo’s penalty takes Real Madrid into Champions League semis (Punch)

Cristiano Ronaldo smashed home a penalty in the seventh minute of stoppage time to take Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday, despite a 3-1 defeat on the night to Juventus after a remarkable comeback attempt by the Italians. Juve had produced a stunning performance at the Santiago Bernabeu, Mario Mandzukic’s brace and a Blaise Matuidi goal putting them 3-0 up in little over an hour, levelling the tie on aggregate after Real’s 3-0 victory in Italy last week. Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo cannot understand Juventus complaints over last-gasp penalty (Skysport)

Cristiano Ronaldo could not understand why Juventus protested Michael Oliver’s late decision to hand Real Madrid a penalty and a dramatic aggregate win on Wednesday night in the Champions League last four. Lucas Vazquez was brought down in stoppage time by Medhi Benatia, with English referee Oliver pointing to the spot for Ronaldo to convert for a 4-3 aggregate victory. In a dramatic match, Juventus had come back to 3-3 in the tie following their 3-0 first-leg defeat, but Ronaldo says Juve’s protests, which saw Gianluigi Buffon sent off, were unfounded. Read more

Alexander-Arnold: I showed Man City I’m not the weak link! (Goal)

The 19-year-old right-back was one of Liverpool’s best performers as they got past Pep Guardiola’s side in the Champions League quarter-finals. Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold knows Manchester City tried to target him in the Champions League, and believes he showed he was more than up for the task.  The Reds defeated City 5-1 over two legs to reach the Champions League semi-finals in comfortable fashion. Alexander-Arnold was one of Liverpool’s best performers over the two matches, despite being given a difficult match-up in the form of City star Leroy Sane. Read more

Trump has not laid out timetable for Syria attack response – White House (Reuters)

The White House said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump has not laid out timetable for action in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria, despite his note on Twitter that missiles “will be coming” and Russia should “get ready.” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump had a number of options, not just military, that all options were still on the table and he was assessing how to respond. She said Trump held Russia and Syria responsible for the chemical attack and denied that his Twitter comments had created any problem. Read more

Azerbaijan’s Aliyev wins fourth term as president (Reuters)

Ilham Aliyev won a fourth term as president of Azerbaijan on Wednesday in an election boycotted by major opposition parties, who accused him of authoritarian rule and suppressing political dissent. The former Soviet republic’s huge energy reserves and strategic location on the Caspian Sea make it an important alternative for Europe to Russian oil and gas. “Ilham Aliyev is leading … He got 86.09 percent of votes,” Mazahir Panahov, the Central Election Commission chairman told a news conference. Read more

Poisoned daughter of ex-Russian spy speaks out after release from hospital (Cbsnews)

The daughter of an Russian ex-spy who was poisoned after she was exposed to the nerve agent novichok is speaking out for the first time since being released from the hospital. Yulia Skripal was discharged from Salisbury District Hospital on Monday and taken to an undisclosed location. The Metropolitan Police say they are continuing to support Skripal following her release. Police released a statement on Skripal’s behalf on Tuesday, six days after Skripal’s first public comments since the attack. “I was treated there with obvious clinical expertise and with such kindness, that I have found I missed the staff immediately,” Skripal said. “I have left my father in their care, and he is still seriously ill too. I too am still suffering with the effects of the nerve agent used against us.” Read more

‘Sorry’ Pope Francis invites Chile sex abuse victims to Vatican (BBC)

The Pope has said he made “serious mistakes” over a case of alleged child abuse by Catholic clergy in Chile. In a letter to the South American country’s bishops, Francis said he felt “sadness and shame” over comments earlier this year in which he accused the victims of committing slander. The letter, released by the Church in Chile, said the Pope would invite some of the victims to Rome. A Chilean bishop, Juan Barros, is accused of hiding abuses by a priest. Pope Francis made his controversial remarks during a visit to Chile in January. Defending Bishop Barros, he said: “There is not a single piece of proof against him. Everything is slander.” Read more

Bootlegged liquor kills more than 100 in Indonesia (Washingtonpost)

More than 100 people have died of drinking toxic alcohol in Indonesia in April, as a consequence of the black market that thrives in the country with strong curbs on legal alcohol sales. The majority Muslim country banned tens of thousands of minimarts and other convenience stores from selling alcohol in 2015, and high taxes on alcohol where it is still sold have created a thriving black market for poorer residents. Police have announced a crackdown on producers, distributors and sellers in an attempt to stop the recent surge of deaths and hospitalizations of people suffering nausea, blurry vision and loss of consciousness, according to the Associated Press. Read more


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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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